Saturday, June 22, 2024

4, 10 to 21 Days or Extra


I’ve managed to journey to all 7 continents now, and from all of my adventures, one of many nations that I’ll by no means get bored with revisiting a number of occasions can be Japan! (Japan Itinerary)

As a timeless vacation spot, I’m eternally enamored by Japan’s historic traditions which can be completely fused with its vibrant modernity. To not point out the luxurious nature and beautiful delicacies that it has and I’m positive that I’ll nonetheless barely ‘scratch the floor‘ even when I spend my life exploring it in its entirety.

With that stated, it does appear formidable to whip up a Japan itinerary — however then once more, not likely! The nation could also be huge however it’s completely doable to take advantage of it with no matter time you’ve.

TRIVIA: Japan has 4 essential islands: Hokkaido, Honshu (the biggest the place Tokyo is discovered), Kyushu, and Shikoku. These areas are all divided into 47 prefectures which can be grouped into 8 areas (chihō).
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As an illustration, the capital of Tokyo is inside the Tokyo prefecture and beneath the Kantō area. Whereas the favored cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara every have their very own separate prefecture (beneath the identical identify) and are all beneath the Kansai area.

As of this date, I believe I’ve already visited Japan greater than 15 occasions and I nonetheless can’t get sufficient of it! Hopefully, with what information I’ve, I may also help you propose an incredible Japan itinerary journey with ease and pace.

Relaxation assured, the Japan itineraries within the latter part of this publish is completely customizable to suit any variety of days that you just may be spending.

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Japan Journey Information

» Fast Journey Planning

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» Finest Time to Go to

Actually…? Any time! In any case, Japan is a ‘year-round’ vacation spot. However relying in your desire, under are the nation’s seasons…

  • ★ Spring: With little rainfall, clear skies, and gentle temperatures, this is among the greatest occasions to go to Japan! And naturally, how might anybody overlook the well-known sakura or cherry blossom season? It often occurs from late March to early April, so you need to schedule your journey throughout this era if you wish to see all the pieces clad in picturesque pink petals.
    • Beware although as a result of that is excessive season, so do count on greater costs and larger crowds. It’s the identical as nicely throughout Golden Week (focus on nationwide holidays) which occurs from late April to the primary week of Could.
  • Summer time: Be ready for prime humidity and smoldering warmth (with June being the wet season). If you wish to escape this, head on ever to the mountains or to the northern island of Hokkaido.
  • ★ Autumn: That is yet one more nice time for visiting Japan; apart from, I personally find it irresistible when the bushes flip into hotter hues. September although is often the time when typhoons go to the nation, so it may very well be greatest to plan your journey someplace from late October to November (it’s additionally the perfect time for seeing the total autumn colours).
  • Winter: Because the temperatures drop, costs and airfares additionally drop. Take word although that it will possibly get very chilly; however, supposing you’re not that delicate to the chilly, this generally is a enjoyable time given all of the wonderful ski resorts and festive ambiance.

Different Japan blooms to be careful for?

See this record of the most well-liked spring flowers in Japan — when to see them and the place to go!

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» Getting in to Japan

Worldwide guests usually arrive at Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT), adopted by Kansai Airport (KIX) which is south of Osaka. To get to any of those factors, I like to recommend searching via Skyscanner to search out the perfect flight offers out of your level of origin. When you’re from the Philippines like me, Skyscanner additionally scans via the price range airways comparable to Air Asia and Cebu Pacific so as to discover which of the two has the most cost effective fee on the dates you select.

From Narita Airport to Tokyo, you may:

  • Experience an airport limousine shuttle bus that goes to key factors and areas in Tokyo (round 1,000 yen = $10~).
  • Experience the practice. Relying on what district you’re heading to, the value can fluctuate. If you wish to head off to Tokyo Station, using the Narita Categorical (that can head over to Tokyo Station) will take 55 minutes and is priced at round 2,900 yen = $28~ — or it comes for FREE in case you maintain a Japan Rail Cross (or JR Cross). In any other case, there may be Keisei Skyliner that heads to downtown Tokyo’s Ueno Station.
    • Is it value it to purchase a JR Cross in your Japan itinerary? Learn right here.
  • Experience a taxi, which might be the most costly on the vary of 20,000 to 30,000 yen = $195~ to $295~.
  • Go for a non-public switch if you need the utmost comfort and ease, particularly with out having to tug your baggage round. This works greatest in case you’re coming along with different folks to be able to share the fee and save extra.
    • Uber can also be a doable choice to take, however a non-public switch is often at a greater worth — extra so if you would like a much bigger automotive. In any other case, in case you’re coming from Haneda Airport, you may ebook via this service.

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» Visa for Japan

When you’re NOT a citizen of any of Japan’s exempted nations, you might be then required to avail of a visa beforehand. (When you’re from the Philippines, you may learn my information on the way to get a Japan visa in Manila right here.)

  • Test full visa necessities right here as per your nationality.

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» The place to Keep (Japan Lodging)

To seek for the perfect lodge lodging in Japan at the perfect costs, I recommend cross-checking lodge costs between Agoda and Reserving.com. However in case you’re somewhat fascinated with renting comfy homes or flats, you need to search via AirBnB.

If you’d like explicit lodge names per district, I prescribe that you just learn my lists under:
Finest Inns in Tokyo
Finest Inns in Kyoto
Finest Inns in Osaka

Finest Inns in Hiroshima

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» Japan Forex

Japanese yen (JPY / ¥) whereby ¥100 is the same as about USD $1~ / €0.85~ / Php 45~ (that is as of March 2021). Within the occasion that you just need to trade your cash for JPY, I extremely advise that you just do NOT trade your cash on the airport for the reason that charges there should not aggressive.

  • Easy methods to greatest trade your foreign money? Both trade it at a financial institution or at a cash exchanger in your house nation or in Tokyo’s metropolis middle. Higher but, simply withdraw from an ATM along with your debit/bank card — nonetheless, you need to do one huge withdrawal to reduce charges along with your financial institution. Talking of playing cards, a whole lot of Japan’s institutions settle for bank cards however it’s all the time advisable to have money readily available as a result of a whole lot of smaller outlets do not settle for worldwide bank cards.

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» Value of Journey in Japan

Lots of people have the misperception that Japan is an costly vacation spot; nonetheless, it’s completely doable to journey on a price range! Simply take word that lodging charges usually go up throughout peak season (March to April in Spring and November in Autumn).

To present you an concept, you need to count on to journey in Japan with a median every day price of about USD $45~ per individual on a price range, or no less than $120~ if you wish to expertise extra consolation in actions, excursions, inns, and extra. (Values under present low price range to medium price range ranges).

  • Inns: $25 to $120 USD / day
  • Meals: $12 to $30 USD / day
  • Transport: US$1 per subway trip*

*FREE subway and bullet practice rides in case you maintain a Japan Rail Cross

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» Easy methods to Get Round Japan

You would flag down a taxi, an Uber, trip the bus, hire a motorcycle or go on foot; however if you wish to be environment friendly and quick, the trains are the way in which to go!

Take word that Tokyo’s practice system is dense and intensive, so it may be very complicated. Nonetheless, all all through my keep in Tokyo, I’ve managed to make it simpler by merely utilizing Google Maps (mapping my level A and level B after which testing the instructions for the subway/practice/bus. — it even has real-time strolling navigation and an offline choice!)

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– Although Google Maps can be utilized offline, if you would like routes or transportation schedules, it received’t work. So I like to recommend that you just get a pocket WiFi or a SIM Card to remain linked on-line.
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– Tokyo’s trains usually open round 5AM and shut someplace round midnight. When you don’t have an IC Card, buying native rail strains and subway tickets can solely be carried out with money or cash on the ticket machine. Bank cards are solely relevant when shopping for long-distance bullet practice tickets.
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– When you’re touring by practice throughout rush hour, be cautious that it will possibly get crowded. When you’re a lady, you may trip the carriages which can be designated just for females (that is solely throughout weekdays till 9AM).
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– You’ll discover that on escalators in Tokyo, folks stand on the left aspect in order that those that are in a rush can cross on the appropriate. However while you’re within the Kansai space (Kyoto, Osaka, and so on.) it’s the opposite means round.
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– When using taxis, the left rear door is operated robotically by the motive force so do NOT attempt to open or shut it by your self.
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– There are a number of practice etiquettes that you need to bear in mind when in Japan, quantity one in every of which is to maintain the noise right down to a minimal.

Talking of which, in the case of native practice tickets in Tokyo, there are a number of varieties which you can select from however what I’d extremely advocate is in case you’re solely planning on touring INSIDE Tokyo, purchase the pay as you go IC playing cards (like Suica) that can be utilized in any practice or bus within the metropolis.

NOTE: There’s additionally the choice of shopping for the Tokyo Subway Ticket which offers you UNLIMITED entry to all subway strains of Toei and Tokyo Metro (however NOT JR strains, which is ok since most key locations in Tokyo is accessible through Toei and Tokyo Metro).
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There are alternatives for this for twenty-four hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours. I solely discover this selection as economical IF, and provided that, you’ll trip the practice for MULTIPLE occasions in a day or a span of days. But when let’s say, you’re solely going to 1 place or district in a day, then simply use your IC card as per regular.

Then again, in case you’re touring outdoors of Tokyo, that’s a distinct matter since I’d advocate that you just take into account shopping for a Japan Rail Cross or JR Cross for limitless rides. To see if shopping for this practice cross can be value it in your Japan itinerary, go and skim my clarification right here.

  • See the entire record of obtainable practice passes which you can get in Japan right here!

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» Staying Related in Japan

Japan has one of many quickest web connections on this planet so that you’re assured of nice connections wherever you go. Inns and most outlets (even comfort shops) supply FREE WiFi connections — however so as to keep linked on-line always throughout your Japan journey, I like to recommend getting your personal pocket WiFi or a SIM Card.

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» Security in Japan

Japan is among the most secure nations on this planet with very low crime charges. I’ve been touring solo to this nation many occasions now and I’ve by no means felt unsafe even within the late hours of the evening — nonetheless, that is NO excuse to get too complacent. ‘Little crime’ doesn’t imply ‘no crime’, so keep vigilant and be “road sensible” by utilizing your frequent sense always.

Nonetheless, the Japanese persons are one of many kindest and most respectful folks I’ve ever met, so solo vacationers don’t have a lot to fret about on this wonderful nation.

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» Useful Japanese Phrases

Japan could also be one of the crucial developed nations on this planet, however a whole lot of the locals don’t communicate English. Nonetheless, this could not discourage you from touring to this nation as a result of aside from the truth that there are a whole lot of translation apps that can provide help to perceive and communicate Japanese, a whole lot of the locals are additionally making the trouble to study and use the English language.

Anyhow, under are some useful Japanese phrases that can provide help to alongside the way in which! And even in case you do encounter a Japanese who can communicate English, it doesn’t harm to say a phrase or two of their language.

Hi there: Konnichiwa (Kohn-nee-chee-wah)
Thanks (regular): Arigatō. (Ah-REE-gah-tohh)
Thanks (much less formal): Arigatō gozaimas (Ah-REE-gah-tohh goh-zahy-mahs)
Thanks (casual): Dōmo (DOHH-moh)
Sure: Hai (Hai)
No: Iie (E-eh)
Goodbye (long run): Sayōnara (Sah-yohh-nah-rah)
Goodbye (casual): Ja ne (Jahh neh)

Excuse me: Sumimasen (Soo-mee-mah-SEN)
I’m sorry: Gomen nasai (Goh-men-nah-sahy)
Is there somebody right here who speaks English?: Dareka eigo ga hanasemasu ka? (Dah-reh-kah ey-goh gah hah-nah-seh-mahs kah?)
Assist!: Tasukete! (Tahs-keh-teh!)
Cheers!: Kanpai! (Kan-pie!)

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» Different Vital Suggestions

Listed below are another useful journey and etiquette tricks to bear in mind in your Japan itinerary:

  • Automobiles drive on the left in Japan, so be conscious when crossing the road. On this identical method, attempt to all the time stroll on the left aspect in order to not stumble upon different folks.
  • Most eating places require clients to pay for his or her meals on the money register which is often by the doorway. (They may usually depart the invoice at your desk, so after consuming, take it to the register and pay earlier than leaving).
  • Some institutions and eating places (and all non-public houses) have a sunken lobby entrance (genkan) with cabinets of footwear by the door — a transparent signal that you just’re anticipated to take away your footwear earlier than coming into.
  • In case you are sick (have a chilly, are coughing and so on.), it’s thought-about respectful to put on face or surgical masks in public. On that very same word, don’t blow your nostril in public as it’s thought-about uncouth.
  • For extra first-time traveler etiquette ideas in Japan, come take a look at this publish: [coming soon]
  • I guess you don’t need to miss out on the highest Japanese meals dishes and drinks, so right here’s a listing of stuff you MUST strive: [coming soon]

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Different F.A.Q.

What’s the tipping coverage in Japan?

There’s NO tipping tradition in Tokyo or Japan typically. If you find yourself giving them one thing, they’ll principally be confused why, and they’ll absolutely find yourself giving the cash again to you. Generally, it’s even thought-about impolite and insulting in case you tip somebody.

What’s the energy socket utilized in Japan?

Japan usually makes use of two plug varieties: kind A (two flat parallel pins) and kind B (two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin on the backside). The nation operates on a 100V voltage and a frequency of fifty/60Hz.

What are the present journey restrictions and quarantine insurance policies in Japan?

 Please test their newest journey advisories web page for extra particulars.

My passport will expire inside a month. Can I nonetheless journey to Japan?

All guests to Japan should have a passport that’s legitimate for no less than 6 months after the interval of their meant keep (in addition to have 2 clean pages).

Is there any gross sales tax in Japan?

On the whole, no so long as you’re a non-resident staying for lower than 6 months.

I need to fly a drone in Japan. What are the restrictions?

If you wish to function a UA/Drone, it’s required to comply with the circumstances set by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (extra data right here). You may also contact Japan’s Drone Counseling Service ([email protected]) for extra info.

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Japan Itinerary Information

It may be a frightening job to plan a Japan itinerary as a result of the nation is undeniably full of SO many attention-grabbing locations, picturesque sights, good meals, enjoyable actions, and colourful tradition amongst many others!

For starters, I’ll record under summarized itineraries which can be usually carried out for X variety of days, after which it is going to be adopted by a tabbed part that reveals the issues you are able to do in every space or metropolis so as to replenish the journey days that you’ve.

••• 4 DAYS
It’s preferable to only keep in a single place like Tokyo — particularly if it’s going to be your first time in Japan. Nonetheless, in case you somewhat need to discover the Kansai area, you may keep in Kyoto or combine in Osaka with a aspect journey to Nara. (For different areas which you can discover are: Chubu area, or Niigata, and so on. Ensure to test the ‘Additional Days’ tab under for different concepts.)
TIP: When you’re solely spending 4 days in simply Tokyo, you don’t actually need a Japan Rail Cross. However in case you’re exploring Kansai, it may be cost-efficient to get a JR regional cross. It actually depends upon your most well-liked itinerary, so you need to learn via this text.

••• 7 DAYS
When you don’t need to rush your self, you may merely spend 7 days in Tokyo; in any other case, it’s completely doable to squeeze in Kyoto and/or Osaka too in case you’re prepared to do a fast-paced journey. Ideally for this, you’ll spend 4 days in Tokyo and three days in Kyoto and/or Osaka.
TIP: It’s a good suggestion to get a JR Cross for this. However then once more, it actually depends upon your most well-liked stops, so you need to learn via this text.

••• 10 DAYS
Doing 5 or 6 days in Tokyo, and 5 or 4 days in Kyoto + Osaka + Nara (Kansai space) can be nice for this variety of days. When you don’t thoughts a fast-paced journey, you may even squeeze in a visit to Hiroshima by lessening your days in each Tokyo and Kansai. Both means, be happy to combine issues up.
TIP: It’s a good suggestion to get a JR Cross for this. Learn via this text to see if it’s value it for you.

••• 14 DAYS
Contemplate doing 5 days in Tokyo, 5 days in Kyoto + Osaka + Nara, 2 days in Hiroshima, and a couple of days in any area you need in your Japan itinerary (test ‘Additional Days’ tab under — or spend 7 days in Tokyo and seven days in Kansai Area. In any other case, simply extend your days in Tokyo as a result of that metropolis is simply so large with so many issues to do! It’s all as much as you).
TIP: It’s a good suggestion to get a JR Cross for this. Learn via this text to see if it’s value it for you.

••• 21 DAYS OR MORE
With this variety of days, you’ve received on a regular basis to take issues straightforward in your Japan itinerary! So be happy to increase the times per space and ensure to test the ‘Additional Days‘ tab to see different locations you may discover. When planning out your route, do be sure that to test journey occasions and connectivity to keep away from future hassles.
NOTE: On my first journey to Japan I spent about 20 days there as I explored Tokyo (6), Kyoto (3), Osaka (2), Nara (1), Hiroshima (3), Takayama (2), Magome-Tsumago (1), and Kinosaki (2). For this, I solely used a 14-day JR Cross since I spent 6 days in Tokyo and it was cheaper to only purchase single tickets within the subway.
TIP: A 14-day or 21-day JR Cross is expensive at first sight — however it might completely provide help to save up extra relying in your itinerary. Ensure to do some calculations to see if buying single tickets is healthier or not. See this text for more information.

ADDITIONAL TIP: To additional save up on time while you’re visiting a number of cities, please take into account reserving a flight out of Japan to the closest worldwide airport in your final day so that you don’t should journey again to Tokyo’s Narita.
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So for instance, in case you finish your Japan itinerary someplace within the Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, and so on.), go and ebook a departure flight from Kansai Airport as an alternative. After all, this relies if the ticket is just not costlier in comparison with a roundtrip flight that’s all carried out at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Both means, in case you don’t thoughts the extra journey time and also you’ve received a Japan Rail Cross, it’s completely superb to journey again to Narita after your journey.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • The next Japan itinerary part is in a tabbed format; so, so as to see the following day’s contents, simply click on the headings under.
  • I’ll primarily spotlight the so-called “Golden Route” that includes Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka adopted by Nara and Hiroshima, after which format them beneath a 14-day itinerary. In any case, they’re the standard spots which can be visited by the overwhelming majority of first-time vacationers in Japan.
  • Relaxation assured, I can even cowl different areas in Japan beneath the ‘Additional Days‘ tab under to be able to take into account these locations in case you occur to have extra days in your journey, or in case you merely need to see greater than the standard.

Tokyo Itinerary & Facet Journeys

The way in which I see it, Tokyo generally is a separate nation by itself given how large it’s. That being stated, take into account that going from one place to a different inside this city metropolis can usually take half-hour to an hour — or much more! (At all times test Google Maps to confirm your journey occasions).

  • With that in thoughts, even whether it is humanly doable to go to ALL of the sights listed under per day in your Japan itinerary, it’s greatest that you just don’t as a result of you’ll undoubtedly be operating round. This is the reason I recommend that you just select the highest spots that you just actually like after which save the remainder for later or for different days (in case you’ve extra days in Tokyo).

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◘◘ Day #1 — West of Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolis consists of 23 particular wards and the town’s high highlights are present in only some numbers of those wards. For ease of debate, I’ll divide Tokyo into two: the west and the east. Under are the west’s high sights…

SHIBUYA. That is known as a significant nightlife space however it’s additionally a significant procuring and leisure venue particularly due to its robust youth presence in trend and tradition.

  • For sights
    • ★ Shibuya Crossing: Present in entrance of Hachiko Exit, that is arguably probably the most outstanding landmark of the district and probably the most filmed spot within the space. If you wish to get a very good view of it, go to the QFRONT constructing the place an enormous Starbucks cafe is discovered. It’s greatest to return throughout rush hour to see a formidable sight however be ready for crowds contained in the cafe. Nonetheless, if you would like extra of a better chicken’s eye view, go to Shibuya Hikarie shopping center’s Sky Foyer on the eleventh Flooring.
    • Hachiko Statue:Hachiko is the identify of an admired Akita breed canine in Japanese tradition again within the 30s who exemplified very good loyalty to his proprietor even after his proprietor’s demise. As much as at the present time, Hachiko has been remembered for these wonderful traits and that’s why this bronze statue of him that was put up in 1934 in entrance of Shibuya Station stays to be a well-revered level in Japan.
      • ALTERNATIVE: If you’d like much less of the gang, there’s a much bigger statue of Hachiko alongside together with his grasp, Professor Ueno, on the grounds of UTokyo or the College of Tokyo.
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  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Karaoke: It’s essential to NEVER depart Japan with out making an attempt a typical Japanese karaoke! When you’re not from Asia, karaokes should not like those that you just see in Europe or the USA the place the individual goes on stage and sings in entrance of strangers in a bar as they sing alongside to the track on TV — NO. Asian karaokes are extra private and ‘closed’ so you may unleash your singing powers in a sound-proof room with folks that you just truly know. After all, these Japanese karaoke rooms are high-tech and are even well-decorated relying on the place you go to (and sure, they’ve English songs — a few of them even have Filipino tracks).
    • Love Resort Hill: That is the place you could find the largest focus of affection inns in Tokyo, and although it’s not a typical merchandise on a ‘issues to do in Tokyo’ record, it may be an amusing factor in itself particularly in case you’re touring with the one you love — largely due to how the rooms are delightfully themed. Simply be warned although that some love inns don’t settle for same-sex {couples} and even two foreigners. Nonetheless, you may ‘relaxation’ in a room for 1-4 hours at round 1,500 yen ($15~) per hour or ‘keep’ in a room in a single day for as little as 7,000 yen ($68~).
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  • For nightlife: Two of probably the most good golf equipment would first be the mammoth tremendous membership ageHA with over 4 dance flooring, an outside pool, and an outside dance tent; and second, the laser-filled Womb membership with its identifiable big mirror ball. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Cross that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
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  • For procuring
    • ★ Don Quijote, Loft, and/or Tokyu Palms: These outlets are nice to incorporate in your Japan itinerary in case you’re searching for low-cost souvenirs, novelty objects, stationaries, and extra!
    • Heart Gai, Koen Dori, Spain Slope, and/or Shibuya 109: The primary 3 are distinct procuring streets in Shibuya, whereas Shibuya 109 is a fancy that you just don’t need to miss out on if you wish to do some severe procuring!
    • Shimokitazawa: This close by district is a good ‘bohemian’ spot in case you’re searching for classic and second-hand objects and garments.
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  • For meals
    • Ichiran Ramen: A well-known ramen (noodle soup dish) place that gained reputation worldwide due to its solo sales space type of eating. Relaxation assured, the ramen tastes very good right here and is value a strive so jot this down in your Japan itinerary!

HARAJUKU. Famed for its trend scene, quirky tradition, cosplay outlets, and a lot extra!

  • For sights
    • Meiji Shrine: Devoted to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1st emperor of Japan) and Empress Shoken, the huge Meiji Shrine is a good tranquil ‘escape’ from the hectic Harajuku. As a customer, you may partake within the routine Shinto acts: shopping for amulets, writing out your want on an ema (picket plates), and making choices on the corridor. For correct conduct when visiting a shrine, you may learn this information.
      • TIP: If you wish to witness a conventional Japanese Shinto wedding ceremony wherein they make a procession to the temple, head right here round 10AM and take a look at your luck!
    • Yoyogi Park: A typical assembly place for Japanese folks from all ‘walks of life’. Because it’s simply close to the fashionable Harajuku, you’ll usually discover crowds of band members, lolitas, cosplayers, and fashionistas in attention-grabbing clothes (they’re typically concentrated round Jingubashi or the bridge close to Meiji Shrine). Taking pictures of those folks in fancy clothes is completely superb, however it’s greatest in case you ask for permission first since not all of them are there to please the gang — they’re often simply there to hang around or do practices, and so on.
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  • For procuring
    • ★ Takeshita Dori: The birthplace of Japan’s trend traits, it is a slender road that’s full of charming outlets and cafes. It’s an especially sought-out place in Tokyo (particularly by fashionistas) so it will possibly get very crowded right here, particularly on weekends. A few of the stuff you shouldn’t miss out on in your Japan itinerary? The doorway — take a photograph right here as you see your self mirrored on the display.
      • TIP: Wanna do a guided tour? Take this Harajuku half-day tour that can take you thru Takeshita in addition to grant you entry to among the district’s high cafes!
    • Cat Avenue: If you wish to stray away from Takeshita Dori’s crowd, that is the following greatest place to be.
    • Omotesando: If Paris has Champs-Elysees, Japan has Omotesando. If Takeshita Dori is extra for low to mid-level consumers, Omotesando is extra for the older or wealthier consumers.
      • TIP: Drop by Espace Luis Vuitton Tokyo which is discovered on the highest flooring of its constructing to search out an incredible artwork area — to not point out that the loos are actually fancy.
    • Daiso Harajuku: That is one in every of Japan’s well-known 100-yen variety-store outlets that provide inexpensive housewares, toys, stationery, decorations, bento provides, presents, and extra!
    • Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku: This can be a multi-story procuring middle that just lately turned much more widespread due to its kaleidoscope-like entrance that’s manufactured from dozens of tilted mirrors. Don’t miss out as nicely on its rooftop terrace space on the sixth flooring if you would like views over Harajuku.
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  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maison de Jullieta: Kawaii (cute) tradition is a ‘factor’ among the many Japanese and a type of kawaii trend types can be the candy lolita look. In Maison de Jullieta in Harajuku, you may costume up as one — full with costume, make-up, and hair association at a worth of round 10,000 yen ($97~)!
    • Kawaii Cafe: In step with Harajuku’s colourful splash of colours and eccentric ambiance, there exists the Kawaii Monster-themed cafe! With over 5 individually themed areas, the cafe is sort of a rainbowholic’s paradise the place each nook is full of kawaii ornament and Instagram-worthy scenes.
    • Purikura: Purikura runs like a photograph sales space — however ‘leveled up’ in a Japanese type of means and it’s broadly widespread amongst females. Via these machines, you may take pictures of your self or your folks in a studio-esque sales space; after which, you can be digitally enhanced. By that, I imply robotically Photoshopped in a kawaii method: larger eyes, whiter pores and skin, and narrower face.

SHINJUKU. As a significant metropolis middle, Shinjuku has the busiest practice station on this planet (Shinjuku Station), it homes the administration middle for the Tokyo authorities, and holds a plethora of wonderful issues to do in Tokyo!

  • For sights
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing: Towering at 243m, this construction has two towers and every of those has an observatory which guests can go to for FREE so as to get a chicken’s eye view of Tokyo. I like to recommend the southern tower because it reveals a greater ‘aspect’ of Tokyo (closes at 5:30PM), whereas the northern tower is greatest for evening photographs because it closes later into the evening (till 11PM).
    • Shinjuku Gyoen: Finest visited throughout sakura and fall season, this place is only a stone’s throw away from Shinjuku station and it’s absolutely one of many metropolis’s largest and most favored parks. Right here, one can find three totally different gardens, a conventional Japanese panorama backyard, a French backyard, and an English panorama backyard.
    • Samurai Museum: As a Japanophile, I’ve additionally been enchanted by the tradition and historical past of the samurai (or bushi) — Japan’s notable navy warriors. Adults can enter for a price of 1,800 yen ($18~) so as to see the spectacular reveals; however the spotlight of this place might be the experiences which you can strive: photoshoot with fundamental samurai gear (500 yen $5), sword battle efficiency with an actor (free), samurai calligraphy lesson (500 yen or $5~), {and professional} photoshoot with full samurai gear (begins at 32,000 yen or $320~).
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  • For nightlife
    • Omoide Yokocho: That is generally known as “Piss Alley” however relaxation assured, it isn’t as disgusting because it sounds. Primarily based subsequent to the practice on the west aspect of Shinjuku Station, it is a place that’s nearly just like Yurakucho close to Ginza — besides that Omoide Yokocho options extra various tiny eateries that serve ramen (Japanese noodle dish), sushi, kushiyaki (skewered grilled meat), amongst many others. The outlets predominantly solely communicate Japanese; however as a foreigner, it’s not onerous to only level your order to them.
      • TIP: Guide right here for a guided tour so that you don’t miss out on something!
    • ★ Golden Gai: Made up of a community of 6 slender alleys linked with even smaller passageways, Golden Gai is a captivating web site to go to for a drink. With over 200 tiny bars and eateries, it will possibly undoubtedly offer you a glimpse of Tokyo’s previous. Nonetheless, don’t let the appears to be like of those bars idiot you; although they’re small (becoming solely round 5 clients), the costs should not precisely low-cost. In any case, they usually serve well-off purchasers comparable to celebrities, musicians, artists, and so on. However don’t again out simply but as a result of even when most bars solely welcome their ‘regulars‘, you as a foreigner can nonetheless get to expertise the glory of Golden Gai as a result of there are those that welcome non-regulars — that is greatest signified by the English menus that they might show outdoors their bar. (Take word that these bars don’t open till round 9 or 10PM).
      • TIP: To your Japan itinerary, ebook right here for a guided tour so that you don’t miss out on something!
    • Kabukicho: That is the leisure and red-light district in Shinjuku which is typically known as the “Sleepless City”. Not like Amsterdam which options prostitutes on the home windows of their buildings, Kabukicho has a extra subdued assortment because it solely consists of hostess golf equipment, love inns, therapeutic massage parlors, and extra. Until you need to avail these sorts of providers, as an everyday vacationer, I simply discover this as an attention-grabbing place to see in Tokyo. Relaxation assured, I felt totally protected strolling round right here because it didn’t really feel seedy. Fact be informed, one explicit factor about Kabukicho that I greatest favored to see or observe was the pachinko parlors. (Pachinko is an insanely widespread sport in Japan that one way or the other resembles pinball and since playing is prohibited there, that is the one means that locals can ‘gamble’.)
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  • For quirky enjoyable
    • ★ Robotic Restaurant: Tokyo, the land of the bizarre (as some would say) lives as much as its identify as a result of it does supply a number of themed eating places like that of The LockUp (prison-like), Zauo (fish in your personal meals), and Alice in Wonderland Restaurant (self-explanatory). However probably the most entertaining and bizarre-themed restaurant I’ve visited? That might be Robotic Restaurant in Kabukicho space. A construction of glitz, lasers, and robots, my ‘ordeal’ on this restaurant was… undescribable — in a great way!
    • Godzilla: Japan’s well-known big monster and popular culture icon, Godzilla, may be seen right here in Shinjuku atop Toho Cinemas. It’s a pleasant spectacle as a result of he appears to be like like he’s taking a peak from the constructing above — seconds away from wreaking utter havoc.
    • Animal Cafes: Loads of folks would advocate that you just go to Tokyo’s well-liked animal cafés comparable to these of a cat café, owl café, rabbit café, goat café, and so on. (There are many them discovered round Shinjuku comparable to Cat Cafe Calico, and so on.). I don’t like them although as a result of I’m uncomfortable with the concept of conserving a number of animals in such a small area with strangers that they’re not that accustomed to — however, I depart it as much as you to resolve what you’ll do.

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◘◘ Day #2 — East of Tokyo

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ASAKUSA. That is stated to be the middle of Tokyo’s shitamachi (“low metropolis”) — which implies that it’s an ‘olden’ district the place you may get a really feel of how Tokyo was up to now many years.

  • For sights
    • ★ Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine: Take word {that a} shrine is devoted to the Shinto religion, whereas a temple is devoted to Buddhism. These two locations are the principle spotlight in Asakusa with Senso-ji being the oldest temple in Tokyo. There’s additionally a formidable “Thunder Gate” known as Kaminarimon (which is a logo of Asakusa and Tokyo) in entrance of the temple.
    • Sumida River and Park: For a leisurely stroll, go over to Sumida River and lounge by Sumida Park which stretches on each side of this physique of water. Like what you’d count on, there are cherry blossoms right here that come alive in spring, after which throughout July on its final Saturday, this turns into an incredible spot for viewing the Sumida River Firework. (When you see a golden constructing with an odd golden construction on high that appears like a teardrop, that’s the Asahi Beer Tower with its ‘Asahi Flame’.)
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  • For actions
    • Kimono rental: That is your likelihood to strive on Japan’s elegant conventional put on: a kimono! Placing on a kimono may be VERY intricate, however don’t fear as a result of there are rental outlets unfold out all through Japan (catered each to women and men) that allow you to put on it outdoors for a day for a worth that begins at 3,000 yen ($25~).
    • Samurai Armor rental: You’ll be able to take a step additional and hire to put on Japan’s well-known conventional warrior’s (samurai’s) armor! When you ebook this exercise on-line, you may actually have a skilled photographer take pictures of you.
    • Rickshaw trip: To finish your kimono look, I like to recommend that you just hire a conventional Japanese rickshaw which is able to take you round key spots in Asakusa.
    • Tea ceremony: Extremely influenced by the rules of Zen Buddhism and a well-respected pastime, the Japanese Tea Ceremony(also referred to as the ‘Method of the Tea’) is a conventional cultural exercise that’s elaborate and refined, and wherein matcha or powdered inexperienced tea is ready and drunk by a bunch.
      • To be frank with you, it is a very lengthy ceremony the place you’ll sit immobile for hours as you comply with a set of pointers… however it’s a putting instance of Japan’s wonderful tradition that’s distinctive for immersing one’s self with. For a very good place to do this in, go right here.
    • Hanayashiki: When you’re up for it, that is stated to be Japan’s oldest amusement park (in-built 1853).
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  • For meals and procuring
    • ★ Nakamise procuring road: Stretching about 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the principle grounds of Sensoji Temple is that this picturesque procuring road with over 50 outlets that provide native specialties and the standard array of vacationer souvenirs.
    • Shin-Nakamise: Additionally known as as “New Nakamise”, this runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Purchasing Avenue and is lined with numerous outlets and eating places.
    • Asakusa Kagetsudo: This can be a well-known melon-pan retailer that has been operating since 1945. Melon-pan is mainly a candy baked bread with an outer layer that appears like a melon — so it’s simply named that due to its look and never as a result of it tastes like a melon. Whenever you purchase from this retailer, it’s best to eat it when heat.

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AKIHABARA. Dubbed because the otaku* cultural middle and tech procuring district of Japan, strolling via Akihabara’s essential road known as Chuo-dori will already offer you an concept of what this district is all about.
*Japanese time period for individuals who have obsessive pursuits generally in direction of anime and manga. A synonymous phrase in English can be ‘geeks’.

You see, Japan might have an incredible olden tradition, BUT it has additionally developed an equally wonderful fashionable tradition over the current years, and it’s in Akihabara which you can get a glimpse of this considerably wacky ‘evolution’.

  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maid cafe: Lots of people in Tokyo like to cosplay — a type of roleplaying the place folks put on costumes to characterize a personality (usually present in animes and mangas). One of many good ol’ favorites of the Japanese in the case of cosplaying or ‘dressing up’ is waitresses wearing these frilly Victorian maid costumes. In step with their ‘character’, they’ll even act as in the event that they’re servants after which deal with others as their masters. Now apply that concept to a café, splash it with small video games, a cutesy demeanor, transient performances, and picture-taking with clients and that’s the place you get the famed maid cafes of Japan. An awesome place to strive in Akihabara can be @House Cafe.
    • ★ Arcades: We have now tons of online game arcades within the Philippines — HOWEVER, they’re not as insanely wonderful, brilliant, thrilling, and quite a few as what Tokyo has! One of the crucial recognized gaming arcades in Tokyo can be Taito Station. (You would additionally do purikura inside these arcades).
    • ★ Go Kart: Come stay on the sting and discover downtown Tokyo in a cool Go Kart when you’re wearing widespread cosplay costumes! With this enjoyable driving tour, you may decide to do a one-hour expertise or a complete day affair.
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  • For procuring
    • Yodabashi: You probably have time to go to only one tech gadget retailer within the district, then this 9-story constructing is your greatest guess! In any case, it’s confirmed that their objects are often cheaper than in Europe and even Asia.
    • Mandarake or Tokyo Anime Heart: Mandarake, a huge 8-floor complicated that is filled with merchandise associated to anime and manga, is the perfect go-to area in case you’re a hardcore otaku or no less than a educated one at that; whereas I imagine {that a} go to to the Tokyo Anime Heart is greatest carried out first by individuals who do not know of the otaku scene so as to acquire a greater understanding of it.

SUMIDA. Essentially the most noteworthy attraction that you need to go to on this ward must be the next:

  • Tokyo Skytree: At 634m, that is the tallest tower on this planet. It’s primarily a tv and radio broadcast web site for the Kanto Area; however for vacationers, you may go to the massive procuring complicated, aquarium, and planetarium which can be positioned at its base. And naturally, for sky-high views of the town, Tokyo Skytree has two remark decks and you should purchase your tickets right here.
  • ★ Ryogoku: In case you are interested by Japan’s nationwide sport of sumo (wrestling), then you need to head to this place which is its so-called historic middle. Yow will discover right here Tokyo’s sumo stadium (Kokugikan), sumo stables, and different sumo-related sights. If you wish to watch official matches, come round January, Could, or September and ebook your ticket on-line.
    • Strive chanko nabe in any of the eating places within the neighborhood. That is mainly a scorching pot dish that could be a staple meals of sumo wrestlers.
    • TIP: To order your sumo tickets for Japan’s Tokyo Grand Sumo Event, go to this hyperlink. For the months whereby tournaments should not held, you may get a close-up take a look at the sumo wrestlers’ morning combat practices through this tour.

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◘◘ Day #3 — Mt. Fuji

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It’s time to take a look at Mt. Fuji or ‘Fuji-san’ (it’s how the locals generally name it).

Because the nation’s tallest peak, it has been thought-about one of the crucial iconic sights in Japan so it might be a good suggestion to dedicate at the present time to it. There are a number of methods for seeing this lively volcano in all its glory (together with using a Tokaido shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka in case you sit on the appropriate, 40min earlier than Shin-Fuji Station, or going to Fuji Subaru Line fifth Station) however under are the perfect places for viewing it.

  • Some folks do one of many locations under as a day journey, whereas others as an in a single day journey to additionally expertise staying in a ryokan (conventional Japanese inn). It’s completely as much as you, however naturally, in case you’re brief on time, making it a day journey can be sufficient.
  • Clouds usually block the view of Mount Fuji so that you usually have to think about your self fortunate in case you get a transparent view of it. It’s stated that visibility tends to be higher throughout the colder seasons of the 12 months than in summer season. In any other case, it’s nice within the early morning or late night hours in comparison with the center of the day.
  • ★ Hakone: (1hr from Tokyo) That is a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu Nationwide Park and it’s well-known not just for its pure magnificence and lake views of Mt. Fuji but additionally for its scorching springs (onsen). Different sights which you can take a look at listed below are the: large scenic torii gate by the lake, Owakudani (sulfurous vapor rivers), Hakone Shrine (the realm’s most well-known Shinto shrine), Hakone Tozan Railway (scenic mountain railway line), and Hakone Ropeway (nice views over the lively Owakudani valley).
    • To save lots of up on transportation prices, get a Hakone Free Cross to realize limitless journey on eight transportation choices together with the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (Pirate Ship), Hakone Tozan Prepare, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Tozan Cable Automobile, and Hakone Ropeway.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Hakone day tour that already features a cease at Mt. Fuji and another attention-grabbing actions like a lake cruise and extra. Or, it’s also possible to do that different Hakone tour.
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  • ★ Fuji 5 Lakes: (2hrs from Tokyo) The Fuji 5 Lakes is a area that lies on the northern base of Mount Fuji and amongst them, Lake Kawaguchiko is the best to entry with a whole lot of attention-grabbing issues to do. This can be a nice inclusion to your Japan itinerary particularly in case you additionally need to check out a typical Japanese onsen (provided that it’s a scorching spring resort city). Don’t overlook to additionally strive the Kachi Kachi Ropeway for panoramic views of the realm.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Mt Fuji day tour to this lake area with the inclusion of Kachi Kachi Ropeway, fruit selecting, and fruit selecting.
    • A unique choice is to somewhat go to Chureito Pagoda (pictured above) which remains to be a part of Fuji 5 Lakes however not discovered inside Lake Kawaguchiko. This spot is a favourite amongst photographers, particularly throughout spring or autumn and it’s straightforward to see why! (This tour consists of this pagoda as a cease).

For different choices and particulars, you may learn my Mt. Fuji tour publish!

  • Kamakura: (1hr from Tokyo) Other than providing nice views over Mt. Fuji, Kamakura can also be well-known for its Nice Buddha bronze statue that towers at round 11 meters. When you’re into nature, this coastal city additionally has nice mountaineering trails and seashores. To not point out that it holds quite a few temples and shrines just like the well-known Hasedera Temple and Hachimangu Shrine.
  • Enoshima: (1hr from Tokyo) This can be a touristic island that provides quite a lot of sights (Enoshima Shrine), seashores, parks, an remark tower, and caves (Iwaya Caves). If I say so myself, doing a Kamakura + Enoshima day tour can be ideally suited if you wish to take a look at each of those cities.
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  • Fuji Shibazakura Competition: (2hrs from Tokyo) This can be a well-known time-limited occasion that’s often held at Fuji Motosuko Resort from the center of April to late Could. You probably have the time, I like to recommend doing a sakura tour of this pageant because it options over 80,000 blooming shibazakura (pink, pink, and white mountain phlox flowers) over 6 acres of sloping hills. Pair this off with an incredible view of Mt. Fuji and it immediately turns into an Instagrammable spot!

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◘◘ Day #4 — Different Day Journeys Outdoors Tokyo

Under are different attention-grabbing day journeys that you need to see close to Tokyo!

  • ★ Nikko: (2hrs from Tokyo) As a city discovered on the entrance to Nikko Nationwide Park, it’s most well-known for its Toshogu Shrine which is elaborately adorned. Apart from this, as a result of its mountainous terrain, sights just like the Kanmangafuchi Abyss (strolling path via a gorge) and Shinkyo Bridge (sacred bridge resulting in Nikko’s shrines) are a should to do in your Japan itinerary.
    • TIP: For a hassle-free expertise, you are able to do a Nikko day tour that features a number of stopovers.
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  • Yokohama: (1hr from Tokyo) That is Japan’s second-largest metropolis and it has one of many world’s largest Chinatowns. Lots of guests additionally have a tendency to incorporate Yokohama of their Japan itinerary due to its Cup Noodles Museum and Ramen Museum. In any other case, Yokohama’s waterfront is a sight to see in case you simply head to the town’s park.
  • Kusatsu: (3hrs from Tokyo) This can be a sound journey to make if you wish to go to one in every of Japan’s most well-known scorching spring resorts. In actual fact, Kusatsu Onsen is blessed with giant volumes of high-quality spring water which makes it widespread amongst locals and vacationers alike. You’ll love the ambiance right here as you discover nearly everybody sporting yukata/kimono on the streets. In any other case, when winter comes, the city turns into an incredible ski resort to go to.
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  • Chichibu: (2hrs from Tokyo) This metropolis is a good place to flee if you wish to get away from Tokyo’s bustle. In any case, its forested mountains present spectacular nature views and mountaineering alternatives. One of the crucial sought-after occasions right here although is its Chichibu Evening Competition in December and its Hitsujiyama Park in Spring (for its lovely pink moss park).

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◘◘ Day #5 — …or Extra! (Tokyo Additional Days)

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Naturally, there’s extra to Tokyo than the sights I’ve talked about on days #1 and #2 above. So so as to replenish your Japan itinerary with different actions in your additional days within the capital, under are some concerns which you can make.

WEST OF TOKYO.

  • Roppongi Hills
    • Mori Tower: Because the centerpiece of Roppongi, Mori Tower is primarily an workplace constructing; however its decrease flooring are full of greater than 200 outlets and eating places and its high flooring has an remark deck that offers you a wonderful view of Tokyo that’s open from 10AM to 11PM (1AM on Fridays and Saturdays).
      • To benefit from the picturesque rooftop views on Mori Tower’s 52nd flooring, simply ebook an Commentary Deck ticket on-line.
      • Under Mori Tower, one can find an enormous spider sculpture known as Maman which suggests ‘mom’ in French. That is made by the artist Louise Bourgeois.
      • Tokyo Midtown is yet one more constructing which you can go into in case you’re up for extra procuring and leisure.
      • Throughout Christmas, head to the realm in Mori Tower that faces Keyakizaka Avenue in Roppongi Hills to see an incredible view of Tokyo Tower being illuminated by the road lights. Whereas in case you go to Tokyo Midtown, one can find the Starlight Backyard which has over 280,000 lights which can be magically unfold out on the grounds!
    • ★ Tokyo Tower: At a peak of 333 meters, this is sort of a reproduction of the well-known Eiffel Tower. Made after Japan’s post-war rebirth, this was the nation’s tallest tower — till Tokyo Skytree was made in 2012. Regardless of this reality, the tower’s prime location remains to be a splendid place to see a panoramic view of the town. There are 2 observatories right here: the principle one at 150m excessive and the particular one at 250m excessive. The doorway is at 900 yen ($9~) for the principle remark deck and 1,600 ($16~) yen for each decks. To ebook your tickets, go right here.
    • Nightlife: Golf equipment and bars in Roppongi generally is a dizzying encounter for a first-timer; so it’s truly preferable in case you go to this with an area. In any other case, only a bit of recommendation: keep away from the boys (usually African males) who would attempt to push you into going to their golf equipment! As a rule, these are seedy ones, and in a while, they may even overcharge you. For the perfect golf equipment to go to, I recommend Jumanji55, V2 Tokyo, or Membership Model Tokyo which all have a very good mixture of locals and foreigners. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Cross that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
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  • Hie Shrine: You don’t must journey all the way in which to Kyoto to witness a Shinto shrine with a number of iconic pink torii (conventional Japanese gate) as a result of you could find this proper within the coronary heart of Tokyo! (In any other case, there’s additionally an identical one known as Nezu Shrine).

EAST OF TOKYO.

  • Marunouchi: Chiyoda is known as the political middle of Tokyo and it’s right here in Marunouchi the place you will note the aforementioned authorities establishments.
    • Imperial Palace: That is the principle residence of the Emperor of Japan and it’s truly an enormous park surrounded by moats. It comprises buildings together with the palace, non-public residences of the Imperial Household, workplaces, museums, and extra.
    • Chidorigafuchi: Positioned simply on the northwest part of the Imperial Palace is that this moat part. This space is very advisable throughout sakura season because it is among the greatest spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). So as to add: they commonly gentle up the bushes at evening throughout that interval after which you may even hire boats there!
    • Tokyo Central Railway Station: That is the busiest railway station in Japan when it comes to the variety of trains per day and it’s fairly a sight to see! For starters, you’ll immediately discover this constructing due to its pink brick look — a glance that survived from when it was first opened in 1914.
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  • Odaiba: As a man-made island, it was initially constructed to guard the town in opposition to doable sea assaults; at this time, nonetheless, the island reworked right into a futuristic enterprise and residential space.
    • DiverCity Tokyo Plaza: This can be a eating, leisure, and procuring complicated which additionally options sights associated to the well-known Gundam anime collection. Fact be informed, it additionally has a life-size Gundam statue in entrance of its constructing.
    • Fuji TV Space: That is known as such due to how the Fuji TV Constructing (one in every of Japan’s greatest TV stations) towers above all the pieces else. As a customer, you can undoubtedly go into Fuji TV’s observatory deck that’s positioned within the round portion of the institution. Different issues to see round right here can be the shopping center of Decks Tokyo Seashore and the scenic Rainbow Bridge (which appears to be like dashing at evening, and the place it’s also possible to discover a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty.)
    • Palette City: When you’re up for some severe leisure and procuring spree actions, I recommend that you just head on to Palette City! Right here, you could find the next venues: Venus Fort (a mall that appears like a European city), Toyota Mega Internet (automotive showroom the place you may take a look at drive vehicles), and Leisureland (a big gaming complicated).
      • TeamLab: One more Instagrammable attraction, this interactive museum is well-known for digital and light-weight artwork, and to ebook your tickets, simply go right here.
    • The Soho: That is an Instagram-worthy workplace constructing that’s famed for its color-blocked hallways.
    • Oedo Onsen Monogatari: When you can’t afford to go to a scorching springs resort city, that is the following smartest thing in your Japan itinerary! That is mainly a scorching spring theme park that emulates the ambiance of the Edo Interval. You’ll be able to take pleasure in numerous forms of indoor and out of doors baths, eating places, massages, video games, and different leisure whereas sporting a yukata (conventional Japanese put on). To order tickets for this, go right here.
    • Tsukiji Market: Fish is an enormous enterprise in Japan and the Tsukiji Market is a wonderful level for observing this full of life trade in addition to tasting its recent produce. Up to now, this market has been divided into two, one in every of which remains to be discovered close to Tsukiji Shijo Station and the opposite close to Odaiba. If you’d like a guided day tour right here, ebook an expertise right here.
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  • GINZA: Tokyo’s most well-known upmarket procuring, eating, and leisure district.
    • Yurakucho: Yurakucho is a putting but stress-free distinction to the close by upscale Ginza district, primarily due to its traditional-looking eating places which can be constructed beneath the practice tracks of the JR Yamanote Line — known as Gado-shita (which accurately means: under the girders). As a customer, I guarantee you that one take a look at Yurakucho will make you’re feeling as in case you’ve taken a visit again in time throughout Japan’s early postwar interval! These days, a whole lot of Japanese salarymen have made this location their favourite eating place after work as they flock to izakaya (Japanese-style bars highlighted by their pink lanterns known as akachochin) and yakitori (grilled skewered hen dishes) eating places.
      • TIP: Benefit from this space’s native flavors and consuming spots by doing a ‘Tokyo After 5‘ tour!
    • Chuo Dori: As the principle procuring road in Ginza, one can find right here all the most important model outlets, shops, and eating places doable. Come nighttime, you’ll undoubtedly be feasting upon its blinding but lovely neon lights. A few of the notable buildings right here can be of the Wako (that has the long-lasting Hattori Clock Tower), Hermes, Dior, and Zara amongst many others.
      • If you’d like the perfect ‘festive’ expertise on this road, I recommend strolling via right here on weekends from 12PM to 5PM (till 6PM from April to September) as a result of it’s typically closed to vehicle site visitors — an occasion generally known as ‘Pedestrians’ Paradise’.
    • Depachika: This can be a mixture of the phrases depato (division retailer) and chika (basement). In Japan, a lot of the huge shops comparable to that of Mitsukoshi have their basement flooring made into some type of meals market — however truly, if I’ve to explain it myself, I’ll name it a ‘meals theme park’ as a result of you may get to have a enjoyable but fast introduction into the VAST number of Japanese meals there — together with sq. watermelons and insanely priced strawberries! Anyhow, the stalls are very beneficiant with freely giving samples too; so in case you’re on a price range, you actually don’t have to purchase one thing (although it is going to be respectful to take action, naturally).

OTHERS (NEAR TOKYO)

  • ★ Disneyland and DisneySea: For some good ol’ enjoyable with your loved ones and/or associates, take a look at Tokyo’s widespread Disneyland and DisneySea in your Japan itinerary. You’ll be able to go to each theme parks however it’s greatest to dedicate 1 day to every place. When you can solely go to one, I personally assume that DisneySea can be an incredible selection as a result of it’s one in every of its sort in the entire world!
  • Sanrio Puroland: Enter the kawaii world of Japan’s well-known Sanrio characters comprising Hi there Kitty, Gudetama, Melody, and so many others! It’s primarily geared in direction of children, however in case you’re a Sanrio fan, this theme park is good for folks of all ages! I’m an enormous fan of Gudetama and I fell in love with this place immediately.
  • Ghibli Museum: That is the animation and artwork museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli which is among the nation’s most well-known animation studios that produced world-known films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

Kyoto Itinerary & Facet Journeys

Kyoto was the capital of Japan — however, it has retained that former glory with its nice historic worth alongside numerous temples, shrines, gardens, imperial palaces, and conventional picket homes amongst many others.

If I could add, that is additionally the town that’s well-known for its formal traditions most particularly that of the geisha (or geiko) who’re Japan’s famed skilled feminine entertainers. For these causes and extra, that is necessary to incorporate in your Japan itinerary.

In search of high sakura places in Kyoto?

Try this final information to Kyoto cherry blossom spots — from lesser-known places to the most well-liked ones!

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◘◘ Day #6

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Take word that it takes round 3 hours by bullet practice (shinkansen) to get to Kyoto from Tokyo. With that stated, the ‘issues to do’ for at the present time of your Japan itinerary needs to be fewer, however relying in your arrival time, it’s nonetheless doable to do rather a lot. Go and decide from my strategies under…

  • Nijo Fortress: Additionally known as Nijojo, that is the previous residence of the primary shogun (navy dictator) within the Edo Interval throughout his stays in Kyoto. At present, this fortress is split into 3 areas: the Honmaru (essential circle of protection), the Ninomaru (secondary circle of protection), and the gardens. What’s nice concerning the fortress grounds too is that there are over 400 cherry blossom bushes so it’s fairly a sight throughout the spring season. (Admission is 600 yen).
  • Nishiki Market: Often known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, it is a lengthy but slender procuring road that options over 100 full of life outlets and eating places. This can be a great place to go to in your Japan itinerary if you wish to purchase any recent produce or Kyoto specialties. As a market with an extended historical past, that is additionally an incredible place to mingle with the locals.
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace: This nice expanse was the residence of Japan’s Imperial Household till 1868, when the capital was moved to Tokyo. Provided that that is inside the Kyoto Imperial Park, it makes for a leisurely stroll to undergo the area which is filled with ponds, gardens, and weeping cherry bushes. (Admission is FREE).
  • Manga Museum: When you’re fascinated by Japan’s manga (comics) tradition and historical past, this may very well be a quaint stopover in your Japan itinerary. Generally there are even artists who arrange reveals and supply sketches or portrait drawings of the guests. (Admission is 800 yen).
  • ★ Fushimi-inari: This can be a Shinto shrine in Kyoto that you just completely should NOT miss for. your Japan itinerary! As one of the crucial necessary shrines in southern Kyoto, it’s broadly widespread for its dense pink torii gates that quantity in hundreds. Mainly, it snakes across the trails and the principle buildings up till it results in the forest of Mount Inari (the hike takes about 2 to three hours however you’re free to stroll wherever). Additionally, because the identify states, that is devoted to ‘Inari‘ who’s the Shinto god of rice. Inari’s messengers are stated to be foxes and that is why you’ll discover a whole lot of fox statues across the shrine. (Admission is FREE).
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you are able to do a guided Fushimi-inari tour that features a Sagano Prepare trip and a go to to Arashiyama.
  • Pontocho: This can be a eating space that’s full of eating places providing a variety of decisions from native to international cuisines. Take word although that almost all institutions open from round 5PM to 11PM solely. When you come within the hotter seasons, a lot of the locations construct momentary platforms over the river for open-air eating (known as kawayuka).

TIP: If you’d like a hassle-free expertise in your Japan itinerary, you may take a guided Kyoto morning tour or afternoon tour to key locations within the metropolis.

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◘◘ Day #7

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Time to make full use of at the present time in exploring Kyoto’s different necessary sights!

In my view, although it’s doable to do all the sights under in in the future, it’s nonetheless a good suggestion to pay heed to the time particularly in case you plan to do a Kyoto kimono rental too as a result of it should reduce your hours of exploration (provided that placing on a kimono takes a while).

  • ★ Higashiyama District: Discovered alongside the slopes of Kyoto’s jap mountains is that this preserved historic district which proves to be an effective way to expertise the texture of ‘outdated Kyoto’. You’ll undoubtedly discover a whole lot of outlets and eating places that can cater to your fancy!
    • Kiyomizudera: This can be a well-known temple in Kyoto that’s listed beneath the UNESCO World Heritage and it’s best recognized for its picket stage that stretches out to the hillside because it presents nice views over the cherry and maple bushes under it — so think about how the location can be like throughout spring or autumn! (Admission is 400 yen).
    • Kiyomizu-michi: That is the identify used to consult with the principle road within the district. One explicit store you need to not miss is Nama-Yatsuhashi which makes the most well-liked Kyoto Sweets.
      • Different streets to take a look at within the district are Sannenzaka / Sanneizaka and Ninenzaka.
  • ★ Kinkaku-ji: Lauded because the ‘Golden Pavilion’, that is — certainly — a construction that’s principally lined in gold leaf. This Zen temple truly was the retirement villa of a shogun. At present, you’ll completely take pleasure in its spectacular structure because it overlooks a picturesque pond. Earlier than leaving, don’t overlook to undergo the gardens and take a look at Sekkatei Teahouse to take pleasure in some matcha tea and sweets. (Admission is 400 yen).
  • Ginkakuji: Then again, although that is known as the ‘Silver Pavilion’, it’s not likely in silver — it by no means was. Many believed that it garnered its identify after the constructing was constructed to distinction the Golden Pavilion. Both means, this stays to be a preferred spot for a lot of.
  • Thinker’s Path: This can be a nice stone path (close to Ginkakuji) that could be a should to go to throughout cherry blossom season. Its identify was derived from Nishida Kitaro, one in every of Japan’s most well-known philosophers, who used to follow meditation whereas strolling this route.
  • ★ Gion: That is Kyoto’s most well-known geisha district and it’s full of conventional outlets, eating places, and ochaya (teahouses) wherein geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha and maiko [geiko apprentices]) work. Other than the allure of this place, a whole lot of guests come and go to with the hope of glimpsing a geiko or maiko — nonetheless, not lots of people know that oftentimes, what they’ll witness are vacationers who’re simply dressed up as one(to study extra about this, learn my publish right here).
    • Hanami-koji Avenue and Shirakawa Space: The preferred locations inside Gion, so don’t overlook to wander round right here.
    • Gion Nook: Ideally, one of many final experiences in Kyoto is to dine with a maiko or geiko, however since that is usually costly and unique, the following smartest thing you are able to do to make sure that you witness an actual maiko or geisha is to go to Gion Nook. Geared toward international guests, this place presents cultural reveals that introduce conventional Japanese arts such because the tea ceremony, ikebana, bunraku, Kyogen comedian performs, and maiko dances.
    • Shijo Avenue: Bisecting Gion district is a well-liked procuring space that sells native souvenirs and presents.
    • Gion Matsuri: That is the pageant of Yasaka Shrine and it’s stated to be probably the most well-known pageant in Japan! Due to this fact, in case you occur to be in Kyoto within the month of July, you’re in for a deal with as a result of they rejoice throughout the entire month (with the spotlight being July 17 as they do a grand procession of floats known as Yamaboko Junko).

TIP: Wanna be a part of a guided tour to the geisha districts in your Japan itinerary? Click on right here!

Kimono rental: Very like Tokyo, Kyoto has a whole lot of kimono rental outlets too. When you solely have the price range to do one kimono expertise, I extremely advocate doing it within the distinctive ambiance of Kyoto than in Tokyo’s Asakusa! Another choice is to do an oiran (courtesan) rental or photoshoot at Studio Esperanto.

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◘◘ Day #8 — …or Extra!

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Arashiyama is especially widespread throughout the spring and autumn season — however, it’s a year-round vacation spot due not solely to its shut proximity to Kyoto but additionally to its pure setting! With the intention to take advantage of your Japan itinerary, don’t overlook to take a look at the next Arashiyama highlights…

  • Bamboo Groves: I’m positive you’ve seen pictures of this place and it’s well-known for a purpose: it actually makes for a pleasant scenic stroll or bicycle trip! When you occur to have the price range to hire a kimono on this space as nicely, then it’s a should to take pictures on this path. To keep away from the gang, I like to recommend coming within the early morning.
  • Togetsukyo Bridge: Translated to ‘Moon Crossing Bridge’, that is an iconic landmark inside Arashiyama as a result of how it’s backdropped by the forested mountains. There’s even a park by the river which is speckled with cherry bushes.
  • Monkey Park Iwatayama: The doorway to this park is discovered south of the Togetsukyo Bridge. Be cautious that it’s a little bit of an uphill climb — however which solely spans for about 10 minutes. On this place, you’ll love the truth that there are over 100 monkeys roaming freely within the open space. I notably beloved my expertise right here as I additionally fed the monkeys from a chosen space. So as to add, that is additionally an incredible vantage level for panoramic views over Arashiyama. (Admission is 550 yen).

The middle of the district is sort of compact so I recommend taking your time strolling round. Different locations of curiosity which you can test are Tenryuji Temple and Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Avenue. (Desire a guided Arashiyama tour packaged along with Nara in your Japan itinerary? Try this tour. In any other case, it’s also possible to simply take a half-day tour that can solely give attention to the highest sights inside Arashiyama.)

Or, it’s also possible to do that different Arashiyama tour from Kyoto with a Nara stopover in your Japan itinerary.

When you nonetheless have some extra time, there may be an choice of doing the Sagano Scenic Railway which is a sightseeing exercise on an old style practice. Most individuals often take a guided tour for this which is partnered along with a tour round Arashiyama. If not, you may simply merely purchase a one-way ticket.

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◘◘ Additional or Substitute Actions in Kyoto

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Received some extra time in your Japan itinerary? Try these different locations…

  • ★ Daigoji Temple: A delegated UNESCO World Heritage Website that’s vastly widespread particularly throughout autumn or springtime as a result of its picturesque environment. Certain sufficient, with its lovely grounds, landscaped gardens, mountaineering trails, and a lot extra, it immediately makes for a worthy vacation spot in your Japan itinerary.
  • Toji Temple: That is yet one more one in every of Kyoto’s many UNESCO World Heritage Websites and what’s notable about this temple is its 5-storied pagoda which is claimed to be the tallest pagoda in Japan.
  • Shojuin Temple: This has risen to reputation amongst younger females in Japan primarily due to its Instagrammable heart-shaped window known as an ‘inome‘ window in its visitor corridor. What’s extra, the temple’s ceiling has lovely items of splendid patterns. (Admission of 400 yen).

Osaka Itinerary (together with Nara)

Osaka has the 2nd largest metropolitan space after Tokyo and as part of the Kansai area, it’s best recognized not just for its grand shogunate fortress but additionally for its nightlife and road meals. Fact be informed, it is a quintessential cease in your Japan itinerary!

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◘◘ Day #9 (Nara)

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To your Japan itinerary, take word that it solely takes about 1 hour by practice to get to Osaka from Kyoto. After you test in to your Osaka lodging, enterprise out on a day journey to the close by district of Nara (which solely takes lower than an hour). When you’re not up for that, you may interchange this with day #10.

Nara is the primary everlasting capital of Japan, after which it was moved to Nagaoka, later to Kyoto, after which to Tokyo. At present, this district is known for its historic treasures and cute deer park.

  • ★ Nara Park: This can be a giant park within the middle of Nara and it’s dwelling to greater than a thousand wild free-roaming deer. Within the Shinto faith, they’re thought-about messengers of gods and Nara made them as a logo of their metropolis. Simply be cautious although as a result of the deers right here may be aggressive (particularly in the case of meals), however they’re usually calm. If you wish to feed them, deer crackers are offered everywhere in the park at a low price.
    • TIP: Strive bowing right down to the deers and oftentimes, one can find that they bow again! It’s stated that again within the olden occasions, the locals bowed right down to them as they have been (like I stated) considered messengers of God. For generations, they’ve retained this Japanese customized particularly once they count on some meals.
  • ★ Todaiji Temple: Discovered adjoining to Nara Park, you’ll first enter this temple’s towering Nandaimon Gate with fierce-looking statues that characterize the Nio Guardian Kings. That is adopted by the principle corridor, the Daibutsuden (Large Buddha Corridor) which is the world’s largest picket constructing housing one in every of japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha.
  • Horyuji Temple: This is among the world’s oldest surviving picket constructions and a chosen UNESCO World Heritage.

TIP: It’s doable to take a guided tour to Nara from Osaka (with a cease to Arashiyama included in it too). Alternatively, if you wish to give attention to this metropolis solely in your Japan itinerary, it’s also possible to simply take a targeted Nara tour.

If there’s nonetheless time, head on over to the close by Mount Yoshino — much more so in case you’re in Japan throughout its sakura season. Apart from, that is considered the nation’s most well-known cherry blossom spot given the 30,000 cherry bushes discovered on its slopes! Fact be informed, Mount Yoshino along with the close by Mount Koya and Kumano have been designated as a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Website since 20014.

Wanna keep an evening or extra? Try these high greatest inns in Nara grouped from price range to luxurious locations to remain.

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◘◘ Day #10+ (Osaka)

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For this a part of your Japan itinerary, t’s time to discover Osaka’s high wonders, particularly…

  • ★ Osaka Fortress: An iconic Japanese fortress that performed a significant function within the unification of the nation throughout the sixteenth century. These days, nonetheless, the fortress tower is totally fashionable on the within (even that includes an elevator) however its historic options are nonetheless intact. (Admission of 600 yen).
    • Beside it’s the Nishinomaru Backyard with over 600 cherry bushes with an admission of 200 yen.
  • Umeda Sky Constructing: This can be a spectacular 173-meter tall constructing that consists of two towers which can be linked by a ‘Floating Backyard Observatory’ on the thirty ninth flooring.
    • TIP: Don’t miss out on the cool picture alternatives on the lengthy escalator that results in this observatory! Within the basement of the constructing, you’ll additionally discover a restaurant flooring that emulates the early Showa Interval of Japan.
  • ★ Minami (Namba): That is Osaka’s most well-known leisure district providing the next landmarks…
    • Dotonbori: That is an immensely widespread road that runs parallel to the Dotonbori canal. In right here, you’ll discover a wide selection of retailers, eating places, meals stalls, karaoke, and extra! Just remember to go to right here at evening as a result of it’s when it actually comes alive! One other spot you need to not miss right here is the well-known Glico Operating Man signal and the big Kani Doraku crab signal.
      • When you see an extended line, don’t hesitate to line up too as a result of more often than not it implies that it’s a fairly good place! (After all, in case you don’t thoughts ready).
    • Shinsaibashi Purchasing Arcade: This close by space is Osaka’s premier procuring middle that mixes retail shops, boutiques, shops, and so on.
    • Hozenji Yokocho Alley: This slender path has numerous attention-grabbing eating places and izakaya (casual Japanese pubs) which can be considerably harking back to Kyoto’s Pontocho alley.
  • Shinsekai: If you’d like a much less crowded model of Dotonbori, that is the place to go to in your Japan itinerary. Notable right here is the Tsutenkaku Tower (the image of the district) and the kushikatsu (an Osaka specialty of varied battered deep-fried meals)

TIP: Wish to save time in your Japan itinerary? Take a guided Osaka strolling tour or a meals tour!

Are you somewhat searching for a enjoyable and quirky technique to discover Osaka? Then come and be a part of a Go Kart expertise and race via the town!

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◘◘ Additional or Substitute Actions in Osaka

Received some extra time in your Japan itinerary? Try these different locations…

  • ★ Common Studios Japan: That is the primary Common Studios theme park that has been in-built Asia. Now, in case you ask me, out of all of the USJ parks I’ve been to everywhere in the world, this one in Japan blew me away! With over 8 gigantic sections (together with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), there may be greater than sufficient to maintain you entertained!
  • Hirakata T-SITE: This can be a industrial complicated close to Hirakatashi Station that has lovely structure. Inside it’s the well-known Tsutaya Bookstore which has over 150,000 books and which additionally has grow to be a current hit on Instagram for its charming interiors.
  • Osaka Aquarium: That is an unimaginable aquarium that shows over 15 tanks, every representing particular areas of the Pacific Rim. As an illustration, the central tank that represents the Pacific Ocean is 9 meters deep and is dwelling to a whale shark which is the principle attraction of the aquarium! (Reserve your tickets right here).

Hiroshima Itinerary & Facet Journeys

That is the town that was largely destroyed again when an atomic bomb was dropped over it throughout World Struggle II. Nice efforts have been taken to rebuild the town and at this time, Hiroshima is well-known for its aspirations of tranquility with its Peace Memorial Park and if I need to say so myself, it is a should in your Japan itinerary.

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◘◘ Day #11 (Hiroshima)

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Please take note of in your Japan itinerary that it takes kind of 3 hours to get to Hiroshima from Osaka. As soon as right here, under are landmarks which you can embody in your…

  • ★ Peace Park: This is among the key options of the town and at a big scale of over 120,000 sq. meters, this was the industrial and political middle of Hiroshima earlier than the bombing. After that horrific occasion, the park now holds huge gardens and numerous constructions comparable to…
    • Peace Memorial Museum: Contains of two buildings that undergo the historical past of the town and the occasions that occurred after the nuclear bomb. After I visited right here, a lot of the reveals have been upsetting — and for good purpose as a result of they needed to function a reminder of how we should always by no means take peace as a right.
    • A-Bomb Dome: That is what stays of the previous Prefectural Industrial Promotion Corridor. When the bomb exploded, this is among the few buildings that also stood and stays so at this time. (That is additionally a listed UNESCO World Heritage Website).
    • Cenotaph: That is an arched tomb devoted to the A-Bomb Victims who died. Beneath it’s a stone chest that holds the register of their names that quantity over 220,000. On the anniversary of the bombing, a ceremony is held on the park yearly together with an noticed silence at 8:15AM (the precise time of the bombing).
  • Hiroshima Downtown: This can be a bustling downtown space with Hondori Avenue as its essential characteristic. As you enterprise about this place, do strive the town’s specialty which is the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki — a scrumptious savory pancake containing numerous elements.
  • Hiroshima Fortress: This was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945 however it was rebuilt and these days, it holds reveals concerning the fortress’s historical past in addition to Japanese castles typically.

TIP: When you don’t intend to remain an evening in Hiroshima, you may take a day tour to this metropolis — which is able to already embody a visit to Miyajima. (Beginning factors in your Japan itinerary may be from both Kyoto or Osaka).

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◘◘ Day #12 (Miyajima)

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Only a 1-hour trip away by practice and ferry from Hiroshima is the small island of Miyajima. It’s notably well-known for its big torii gate that seemingly floats on the water throughout excessive tide — making it one in every of Japan’s greatest views. Most individuals do that as a day journey for his or her Japan itinerary however you can additionally keep in a single day to expertise a ryokan (conventional Japanese inn).

  • ★ Itsukushima Shrine: This centuries-old shrine is thought worldwide for its iconic ‘floating’ torii gate that’s constructed over the water. From the Shinto shrine itself, one can find that it has numerous buildings together with a prayer corridor, essential corridor, and noh theater stage.
    • If you’d like the perfect view, be conscious of the timings of the tides throughout your go to. Excessive tide is clearly when it’s most picturesque, however the low tide has its allure too as a result of then you may stroll as much as the gate and see it up shut.
  • Mount Misen: Rising at 500 meters, it presents spectacular views over the island and even towards Hiroshima. Other than the ropeway, you can additionally take one of many 3 mountaineering trails that lead as much as the mountain particularly…
    • Momijidani Course: shortest but additionally the steepest and goes principally via the forest.
    • Daisho-in Course: presents the nicest views and isn’t as steep as the opposite two.
    • Omoto Course: any of those 3 mountaineering trails takes about 1 to 2 hours to achieve the summit.
  • Daisho-in Temple: Discovered on the base of Mount Misen. There’s an attention-grabbing Buddha ritual right here whereby as you stroll up the temple steps, you spin the steel wheels with inscribed sutra as it’s believed to have the identical impact as studying them.
  • Omotesando: This procuring road is the busiest place in Miyajima the place you could find memento outlets, meals stalls, and eating places. Why not do some procuring right here whereas doing all of your Japan itinerary!

TIP: When you don’t intend to remain an evening in Hiroshima, you may take a day tour to this metropolis — which is able to already embody a visit to Miyajima. (Beginning factors in your Japan itinerary may be from both Kyoto or Osaka).

Different Locations & Journeys

Clearly, there may be extra to Japan aside from the well-known locations of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Hiroshima. So in case you have extra days in your Japan itinerary, take into account filling it up with any of the next locations!

TIP: For a whole record of wonderful excursions and actions to do in your Japan itinerary, see right here! When reserving, use code AILEEN5OFF to get 5% off!

◘◘ Day #13 and Onwards

(My favorites are marked with a ★).

NORTH OF JAPAN.

  • ★ Hokkaido: With magnificent unspoiled nature, Hokkaido is a haven for lots of outside lovers, most particularly throughout wintertime as it’s a great spot for skiers and snowboarders (most particularly the ski resort city of Niseko). Furthermore, the capital of Sapporo holds an annual Snow Competition the place they characteristic giant snow sculptures. After all, Hokkaido doesn’t disappoint in spring and summer season both with sights like Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Furano lavender fields, Tenjin Wisteria, Sapporo Lilac Competition, and extra.
  • ★ Niigata: This can be a prefecture inside Chubu or Central Japan and it is among the nation’s high culinary and getaway hotspots. I went on a journey spree right here earlier than and I beloved my keep! To see a whole itinerary information, see right here.
  • Nagoya: Additionally discovered inside the Chubu area is Nagoya which is thought for its towering fortress. Different notable websites are as follows: Korankei, Metropolis Science Museum, Atsuta Shrine, and Railway Museum. For meals, take a look at Sekai no Yamachan, a well-known izakaya (Japanese pub) within the metropolis that serves flavorful “legendary hen wings”.
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  • Kanazawa: That is the capital of the Ishikawa prefecture and it boasts historic sights in addition to its ‘Kenrokuen‘ — stated to be one of many 3 greatest panorama gardens in Japan.
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  • Kiso Valley: Nestled inside Nagano prefecture is that this valley that holds an historic 70km commerce route known as Kisoji which was in a while mixed with different routes forming the 500km lengthy Nakasendo. At present, close by publish cities of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai are flocked by guests not solely to hike via the Nakasendo however to additionally revel within the conventional stone paths and picket buildings of those quaint cities. Really an attention-grabbing addition to your Japan itinerary!
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  • Matsumoto: One among Japan’s best cosmopolitan cities that also have that rural really feel. Relaxation assured, that is the type of place that may preserve you occupied, what with its beautiful fortress, charming districts, and enchanting vistas.
  • ★ Shirakawa-go: There isn’t any scarcity of picturesque conventional villages in Japan and among the greatest of all of them can be the UNESCO World Heritage Websites of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.
  • ★ Takayama: When you’re searching for a totally outdated and genuine conventional Japanese village, touring to the town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is a should. Fact be informed, as a result of its well-preserved antiquity, it has earned the title of being Japan’s “Little Kyoto” — a title which I agree with!
    • READ: Issues to do in Takayama
    • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: When you’re up for unimaginable and distinctive nature actions in Japan, it’s a MUST to go to the beautiful mountain sightseeing route that’s generally known as the “Roof of Japan”. A crowd favourite as of late is its grand ‘Snow Wall’ that’s open from mid-April to late June! For more information, learn right here.
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  • ★ Yamanouchi: This can be a municipality in Nagano prefecture that has the under notable sights…
    • Jigokudani Monkey Park: Have you ever ever seen these cute pictures on-line of monkeys bathing in a pure onsen (scorching spring)? Properly, that is the place the place you could find them! The monkeys are known as Japanese Macaques or ‘Snow Monkeys’ and they’re very accustomed to people so you may watch them play up shut on this park (which is their pure habitat). The park is open all 12 months however if you would like the perfect pictures of the monkeys, come from January to February when the park is roofed in blinding white snow and the monkeys come bathing within the scorching spring.
    • Shibu Onsen: An old style scorching spring city
    • Shiga Kogen Resort: The most important ski resort in Japan.


Wanna see cute and fluffy foxes? Then go and go to the well-known fox village in Miyagi Zao’s metropolis of Shiroishi in your Japan itinerary!
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SOUTH OF JAPAN.

  • ★ Kinosaki: Positioned about 3 hours away from Kyoto, it is a nice onsen city that has an incredible ambiance. I stayed right here earlier than for two nights and I beloved strolling across the city in my yukata and geta (picket clogs), feeling like an area! In any case, everybody (locals and foreigners alike) who go to the city nearly all the time wears the identical apparel when going concerning the place onward to the general public baths.
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  • ★ Okinawa: As Japan’s southernmost prefecture, that is usually a selection vacation spot for locals throughout the summer season as a result of its plentiful marine wildlife, pristine seashores, and delightful coral reefs. Consequently, snorkeling and scuba diving are the highest essential actions when on these islands.
  • Himeji: This place is most well-known for its Himeji Fortress which is usually thought-about to be Japan’s most lovely surviving feudal fortress. Due to this, it’s each a UNESCO World Heritage Website and a nationwide treasure that you need to see in your Japan itinerary.
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  • Kobe: Because the capital of Hyogo prefecture, I suppose the very first thing that pops into your thoughts now could be the favored mouth-watering Kobe beef, a well-known native model of wagyu (Japanese beef) meat. Fact be informed, you may eat Kobe beef in any restaurant round Japan that’s accredited to promote it so that you don’t essentially must go to this place — nonetheless, in case you’re a real aficionado, this place is nice to see! Both means, as a port metropolis, Kobe is well-liked not just for its tasty native beef but additionally for its sake breweries, Mount Rokko, Chinatown, Harborland, and extra.

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Reserving Necessities

TIP: It’s a good suggestion to crosscheck the costs with different widespread journey insurance coverage suppliers like World Nomads and HeyMondo (as my reader, you get 5% off)!
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Nonetheless, take word {that a} journey insurance coverage’s affordability usually means lesser protection; so please all the time make sure that you learn the superb print so as to decipher which journey insurance coverage firm is the appropriate match for you and your journey!

Come and take a look at this record of the high issues to do in Japan which options the perfect actions and excursions to do in Tokyo, Okinawa, and extra!

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General

There actually is SO a lot to see in Japan! …However I imagine that my journey information right here is already a very good begin. Please be happy to tweak this itinerary and make full use of my additional exercise strategies so as to make your journey shorter or longer and higher becoming in your journey type.

Take pleasure in and do let me know the way your journey goes!

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